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Pape Passes on Playing, Reluctantly

Amanda Pape and basketball went together like shoes and socks. The Stamford native is two years removed from the game as a player and now works at Media Storm in Norwalk. "Yes I do,'' Pape said when I asked her if she missed playing. "It has been hard for me to watch games."

I caught up with Pape at the announcement that she had been selected to join the Fairfield County Sports Hall of Fame. She is a worthy candidate. She starred at Trinity Catholic, where she set the city record for most points scored by a girl or boy with 2,429 points. She led the team to a pair of state championships and was voted the state's top player as a senior in 2003.

She enjoyed similar success at Sacred Heart University. She was a four-year starter and set school records for points (2,045) and steals (362), along with several other marks. She was the Northeast Conference's Player of the Year in 2006 when she led the team to its first NCAA Tournament berth. She played professionally in Greece for a year and entered the Connecticut Hall of Fame this year.

Pape can't separate from the game entirely. She coached an AAU girls team in Westport, and enjoyed her first foray on the sidelines. "At times, even though they were only 13 years old, there were times I wanted to jump in the game,'' Amanda said.

Coaching might be an option in the future. For now, however, the 24-year-old is a working woman. "Sitting behind a desk is definitely a wake-up call for me,'' she says. Few people in her work environment know just how good she was. "They heard I was going into the Hall of Fame and it was like, 'So, you really were good,'' Amanda said.

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